The Detroit defeated the New York Yankees 5-3 in Game #2 of the American League Divisional Series this afternoon. Miguel Cabrera provided the bulk of the offense for the Tigers with 3 RBI, and the Yankees had no answer for Max Scherzer, who allowed no runs in six innings. With the loss, the series is tied at one apiece as both teams head to Detroit for two games.
The floodgates could very well have opened after the first inning, where Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera powered a two-run home run to right field to open up a quick lead. However, both Freddy Garcia and Max Scherzer settled in and kept both offenses scoreless through the rest of the first five innings. In fact, Scherzer pitched a no-hitter through five, allowing only three walks and one hit batsman.
The game went scoreless until the top of the sixth, when Miguel Cabrera lifted an RBI single into centerfield. Victor Martinez followed up with another single to push the Tigers ahead 4-0. Finally, Robinson Cano, who got jammed up pretty good, blooped a single into left to finally get a hit on the board for the Yankees.
The Yankees started to mound a comeback, as Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher hit solo home runs to lead off the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Andruw Jones sac flied in Jorge Posada to cut the lead to two, but Jose Valverde eventually finished off the Yankees, forcing the hot Robinson Cano to ground out to second.
Today’s loss ends the Yankees winning streak in ALDS games at seven. Now, the even series will go to Detroit for game three. I’d hate to call it a must win for the Yankees, but I’m not sure if I want to be down 2-1 with AJ Burnett on the mound…
The Tigers and Yankees travel to lovely Detroit for the third game of the series. With both aces on the mound, look for a low-scoring, high-pressure game in which the winner will take a 2-1 series lead.
8:37, TBS. CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA)